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Equality and Justice

  • "It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd. "
  • ~ Henry Miller, American novelist, 1891 – 1980
  • "It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature knows no equality. "
  • ~ Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues, French essayist, 1715 – 1747
  • "All men have an equal right to the free development of their faculties; they have an equal right to the impartial protection of the state; but it is not true, it is against all the laws of reason and equity, it is against the eternal nature of things, that the indolent man and the laborious man, the spendthrift and the economist, the imprudent and the wise, should obtain and enjoy an equal amount of goods. "
  • ~ Victor Cousin, French philosopher, 1792 – 1867

Insane World

Those who speak of the need for greater equality most often cite the undeniable fact that some people have far more wealth than others. But there are many forms of inequality, of which wealth is only one. There is no evidence that “God,” or “the creator,” or “nature” ever intended that there be equality, if that term means an equal division of wealth, beauty, intelligence, or any other desirable thing or quality. In other words, there is no reason to think that equality is “natural.” If nature intended equality, why is one child born with birth defects, while others are born perfectly healthy? Why will some people grow to be beautiful and others become ugly? Why will some people develop great natural intelligence, while others struggle to keep up? Why do some young people seem to have a natural endowment to become great athletes, while others are prone to obesity or illness?

Living Sanely

The search for some sort of “higher” justice is futile. The whirl-wind of human events compounded with the sheer size and diversity of the human race means that there will always be a staggering amount of inequality among people. In keeping with a focus on individuals, you should look for justice not in comparing people to each other, but in assessing the transactions in which they engage. Any transaction between consenting adults that does not involve force or fraud is “just.” The test of redressing coercion or fraud is simple: What terms, if any, would have induced the coerced or defrauded party to voluntarily engage in the transaction?


On the process of honesty and mutual consent, not on equality of results.

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